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Rewa Divided On Presence Of MP

Rewa Divided On Presence Of MP
Rewa Provincial Council yesterday split over the presence of SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula in its meeting in Lomanikoro.
December 05
10:25 2014

Rewa Provincial Council yesterday split over the presence of SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula in its meeting in Lomanikoro.

Mr Nawaikula, a lawyer, from Cakaudrove Province, was invited by the Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, SODELPA leader and Leader of the Opposition. He made a presentation on the surfing decree and the land earmarked for the Indian High Commission at Thurston Gardens.

Mr Nawaikula was half way through his presentation when the Vunivalu, Ratu Epeli Mataitini, interjected.

Ratu Epeli said if any issue such as the surfing decree was to be discussed, then it needed to be discussed by a Government representative and not  just anyone.

“This is a Government meeting, majority of the things that are to be talked about here are based on developments. If one topic needs to be straightened, then it needs to be clarified by the Government,” Ratu Epeli said.

Council chairman Uraia Waibuta also agreed.

“It would be better if we talk on this topic next time in order to invite both sides especially from the Government side. I would like us to respect that,”Mr Waibuta said.

However,  Ro Teimumu clarified that they had requested someone from the Government to speak on the topic but no one was available. She said she then asked Mr Nawaikula to speak.

“We the people of Rewa are here. This meeting can be a chiefly, political, traditional and vanua. There are 8 iTaukei chiefs, they are the leaders of the vanua and iqoliqoli.They own the iqoliqoli and they know what belongs to them,” Ro Teimumu said.

“I want us the people of Rewa to be informed. I want them to hear out what is being said and then make their decision. It is up to them.”

Mr Nawaikula and Ro Teimumu were prominent members of the Fiji Native Tribal Congress established  in 2010 to advocate indigenous issues. The congress has gone less active.

The provincial council meeting continued after Mr Nawaikula left. It discussed various development projects.




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